As Gabby falls to the ground, Ieap to my feet and stride over to the crossbow guy. Every move I make exudes fury, my nails are digging hard into my palms and I have to grit my teeth to stop myself from screaming.
"What have you done?" I growl through my teeth, "Do you see what you've just done?"
The guy looks at me and aghast and points at Alex,
"Do you know what that is? It's a vampire you idiot, get out of the way, I know what I'm doing."
That was the last straw. As he tries to duck past me I seize him by the collar and pull his face close to mine. I scream into his face, fury pulsing through my body.
"No, you damn well do NOT know what you're doing! You just shot someone you blithering idiot! You're not worthy to call yourself a vampire hunter, you're just a murderer!"
The guy wriggles free of my grip and glares at me, anger blazing in his eyes:
"And who are you to tell me this? Who do you think you are?"
"I'M ASH GODDAM VAN-HELSING YOU BRAINLESS NITWIT! IF I'M NOT SOMEONE TO TELL YOU ABOUT VAMPIRES THEN WHO IS?"
I stand there, panting from my outburst, my lungs aching from screaming. The guy stands there looking shocked, staring at me with eyes like saucers. He opens his mouth to say something, but it just hangs open. Then I realise what I've just done. I've just accepted the fate I've tried for so long to ignore.
I've just accepted my inheritance.